Manohla Dargis

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For 1,845 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manohla Dargis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Moneyball
Lowest review score: 0 Elite Squad
Score distribution:
1845 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    While Paul seems great conceptually, he's not particularly interesting or surprising.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Ironclad alternately feels, plays and sounds like an abridged television mini-series and a feature-length video game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Krauss might have served his material better if he had pulled the curtain back in The Kill Team, if only to explain why a movie that initially seems to be about one thing — as its shocker title suggests — is a partisan portrait of Specialist Winfield and his family.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Fur is a folly, though not a dishonorable one.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Consistently watchable, even when it drifts into dullness because Mr. Singh always gives you something to look at,
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    As I, Tonya skips here and there and thickens the plot, it becomes increasingly baffling why the filmmakers decided to put a comic spin on this pathetic, dispiriting story. No matter how hard the movie tries to coax out laughs, there’s little about Ms. Harding, her circumstances or her choices that skews as funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    While watching Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done you might be tempted to murmur, “My Werner, My Werner, What Have Ye Done.”
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Part of the draw of these movies is that they don’t create beauty, but instead borrow the emotions of the beauty they depict. (This, more or less, is one definition of kitsch, courtesy of the philosopher Tomas Kulka.) That makes the movies easy to watch and easy to forget.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Thou shalt not covet any thing that is thy neighbor's. Maybe DreamWorks should stop trying to be Disney.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    A movie that's nearly as good as its publicity campaign.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Apparently started out as just another soft-core item, or what the Japanese call a pink film, but evolved into something more ambitious, sort of. Certainly it doesn’t look or play out like the typical American pay-TV fodder.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The impulse to end on an "up" note, to turn complex and contradictory lives into palatable narratives, is one of the least-examined pitfalls in nonfiction filmmaking. But in her attempt to give their lives a shape that the girls themselves seem to resist, this talented filmmaker has done both herself and them a disservice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The problem is that while the children are lovely because they are children, there is nothing inherently interesting about them or their lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    It's hard to see what the point is beyond the usual grandiosity that comes whenever B-movie material is pumped up with ambition and money.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Perhaps the real question, then, isn't how you update Spider-Man but why you would even try. Introduced in 1962, the original superhero helped to initiate the age of modern comics. Raimi hasn't figured out how to reconfigure him for the blockbuster age, and there are suggestions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Although its black-and-white visuals catch the eye, The Last Sentence soon loosens its hold on your attention by flooding the story with mind-numbing, uninteresting details while real history slips through the cracks.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Even Del Toro can't raise the conceptually dead.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    The film never comes fully to term, as it were: the visual style is sitcom functional, and even the zippiest jokes fall flat because of poor timing. But, much like the prickly, talented Ms. Fey, it pulls you in with a provocative and, at least in current American movies, unusual mix of female intelligence, awkwardness and chilled-to-the-bone mean.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Though there's no doubt that Mr. Stone is as serious as a heart attack when it comes to creating an air of authenticity -- hence the sloppily butchered chickens and authorial defecation -- he never settles on a coherent tone for the movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    It’s not easy being green. But to judge from how this hand-drawn movie addresses, or rather strenuously avoids, race, it is a lot more difficult to be black.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Kusama leads with feminist empowerment, but her sucker punch is a sappy romance.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    About the only thing that distinguishes this iteration from those of yore is that the violence is more explicit, the edits are faster, and no one has a stogie stuck in his kisser.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Dom Hemingway is a bright, shiny bauble with next to no lasting power.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Mr. Jarecki forcefully, if not with wholesale persuasiveness, argues that our business is specifically war.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Although it's not half bad -- which doesn't mean it's half good -- this horror cheapie comes equipped with a few ideas, a little atmosphere and a couple of serviceable scares.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    A feel-good and slightly bad comedy-drama about a young man's fight against cancer, aims to put a tear in your eye and a sob in your throat, if not for long.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    Or
    This well-meaning but irritatingly naïve feature delves into the horrors of prostitution, or more accurately, the filmmaker's horror about the subject.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    It’s a handsome package that never transcends the banality of its ideas, most of which involve how different people, including from Boulder, were affected by the case.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    With its nods to the original “Star Trek” and David Lynch’s proto-steampunk hallucination “Dune,” it seduces the eye with filigreed flourishes even as the mind reels from some of the mildewy storytelling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Manohla Dargis
    A likable, unmemorable, feature-length footnote to the admired television series.

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